NEWT Core Course

The objectives of the core course are to develop a basic understanding of the concepts central to NEWT’s mission, to develop a common language for NEWT members, and to contribute to the development of a NEWT center culture.


Content: The contents of the core course will include the scientific concepts central to NEWT’s research, and other topics considered essential to NEWT’s culture.  The scientific concepts and the other topics will be covered in alternating one-semester terms. 


Examples of the topics are listed in Tables 1 and 2.

Table 1: Core Course calendar for Spring 2017

Table 2: Core Course calendar for Fall 2017

Target Audience:  All NEWT graduate students must complete the two semesters of the core course, ideally during the first year of their program.

Instructors:  Coordinated by NEWT Education Program (Jorge Loyo).  Individual modules are designed and taught by different NEWT faculty and staff members.

Format: Mixed, but ‘flipped-classroom’ is preferred, with materials and readings assigned fortnightly and discussed in class.  
The lectures and/or discussion sessions will be recorded so anybody at NEWT can access them at any time.

Time and Place:  Class will meet once every two weeks via ZOOM Video Conferencing for one hour, at the time of the NEWT all-hands meeting on alternating weeks (Monday 1:30 – 2:30 PM Central Time).



Credit:  Register for the core course using the following codes:

  • ASU – CEE 591: Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Core Concepts Seminar

  • Rice – CEVE 603: Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Core Concepts Seminar or NEWT Core Course

  • UTEP – CE 6195: Civil Engineering Doctoral Seminar

  • Yale – TBD

Alternatively, students can register for Independent Study or equivalent with their advisors at their respective universities (1 credit, P/F), for example:


  • UTEP – CE 5391: Individual Studies

  • Yale – FES 1500: Independent Study


For more information, contact Jorge Loyo

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